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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and as Rotarians we recite it at club meetings, but do we really think about the discipline and ethics that guide those principles? Rev. Dr. Nathan Sager will delve into the Rotarian Four Way Test and how it provides Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction.

Image: Rotary District 5630

Life House Move In: Kitchen Cabinets are Installed and Stocked!
One of our community partners, Life House, approached Harbortown with a need to stock and store household items for homeless teens to pick from, when they are finally able to move into a living space of their own. These items included cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils and many other things we may not think about on a day-to-day basis but are very much needed for someone just starting out on their own.
The Club provided a financial contribution toward the manufacturing of the cabinets, as well as committing to fill them throughout 2019 as needed. Members then went to work shopping and delivered the goods to Life House.
Photo Credit: Pat Finney
Crystal Goldman is the Spanish Immersion Specialist & ELD Coordinator  for Lowell Elementary School.

Located at Lowell Elementary, this is a Duluth Public Schools option for all interested families. 

The purpose of this program is to help students become proficient in Spanish (in addition to English) by teaching academic content through the language of Spanish.  Research indicates that the study of a second language results in cognitive benefits, gains in academic achievement, and positive attitudes toward diversity. Students learn the same state & district standards as they would in an English speaking classroom throughout the district, except they learn entirely in Spanish, incorporating culture, language & content!
Photo Credit: Lowell Elementary School Website




Our partners at CHUM once again asked Harbortown Rotary Club to consider participating in the annual MN Food Share Food Drive – and both our individual members and our Community Service Committee rose to the call!  The Club and its members donated over 170 lbs of food and over $1000 cash (worth more than $7000 buying power for them) in March. This is the time of year when donations of food and money are at a low, yet the need remains on the rise. A big thank you from our friends at CHUM to all who participated!


Pat Finney


Matt Minea is helping out at Medical Clinics with Mano a Mano in Bolivia this week.  In his spare time he's enjoying Carnival in Cochabamba.
photo credit: Matt Minea
The Harbortown Community Service Committee approved a $600 cash contribution to CHUM for the March MN Food Share Food Drive. In addition, all club members will also have a direct opportunity to provide food support to those in our community during this critical drive.
Below is a list of food items that CHUM is requesting. We will collect these food items at our meeting on Wed. Mar. 13th . Some of our familiar friends from CHUM will also be on hand for the event and share breakfast with us.
We hope you (along with your donated food goods!) can make it to the Mar. 13th meeting.
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Apple Cider
  • Kool Aid
  • Canned stews
  • Canned chili
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Spaghettios
  • Canned ravioli / Canned pasta
  • Canned fruit cocktail
  • Canned pears
  • Canned mandarin oranges
  • Canned peaches
  • Canned pineapple
  • Canned apple sauce
  • Canned whole corn
  • Canned carrots
  • Canned mixed vegetables
  • Canned peas
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Ramen noodles
  • Canned chicken noodle and cream soups
  • Canned chunky soups
  • Canned tomato soup
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned salmon
  • Spam
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
The annual drawing night for the Harbortown Rotary Cash Raffle will take place on April 17, 2019.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (this will be in place of the morning meeting)
Northland Country Club
3901 E. Superior Street
Duluth MN 55804
5:00 PM Social Hour followed by dinner
7:00 PM Drawing
First Prize: $10,000 cash
Second Prize: $2,000 cash
Eight Third Prizes: $500 cash
Tickets are $100 each and only 300 tickets will be sold.  You need not be present to win.  Must be 18 years or older to purchase tickets or win prize.  Winner responsible for any applicable fees for taxes.
Questions: Please contact Greg Goldman (

March 1, 2019 7-11pm

Cedar Lounge

1715 N 3rd Street

Superior, WI

Rotary Clubs of Duluth and Superior will host the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) Kickoff Party on Friday, March 1 at the Cedar Lounge. LSDBF will announce the new theme “Paddle With a Purpose: Every Family Should Have a Home” and new charitable partnerships. The event will feature Superior mayor Jim Paine, Barb Certa-Warner (Harbor House Crisis Shelters), Maude Dornfeld (Life House Duluth), and David Clanaugh (Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity).

LSDBF is offering $100 registration discount to dragon boat teams who register on March 1st at the Cedar Lounge. Charlie Parr will open for the Black-eyed Snakes at 8pm.

The purpose of the Festival is to raise money for the festival’s charitable partners and the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th.
Our charitable partners will have a great opportunity to showcase their incredible work, and a portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to their projects,” says Meghan Blair, Co-Chair of this year’s festival. “Teams, paddlers and the public will have the opportunity at the festival to learn more about each organization’s efforts in reducing housing insecurity in the Twin Ports. We encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of the solution.”  
Photography credit: Superior Telegram and 
Life House has had a very busy season recently with lots of activity and great things happening.  Maude Dornfeld with join us to share what's been going on, how Harbortown-ians have been participating and what is yet to come!
There are events to look forward to, construction is happening and as always, there is a need for important products for the youth of Life House.  Don't miss the opportunity to hear how you can help!
Photos courtesy of the Life House Facebook Page.
The Duluth area YMCA hired Sara Cole in the fall of 2017 to find a "dynamic leader who would be able to work with our strong staff and build on the community partnerships that are so critical to our Y.” said Andy Wheeler, chair of the Y’s board of directors.   Sara Cole is the acting President and CEO of the Duluth area YMCA  organization.
Sara will join us tomorrow and share what is new at the "Y" and how her leadership is taking the organization to new places.  Cole has worked for the YMCA in both Cincinnati and Rochester, N.Y.
Photography courtesy of LinkedIn and the Duluth Area YMCA website.
Harbortown Rotary presents $30,000 check to Habitat for Humanity. 
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"Regional Rotary Clubs have been key partners in strengthening the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity mission! Harbortown, Skyline, and Duluth Rotary 25 Clubs recently partnered on a $30,000 district grant to support a Habitat house project at 2412 W. First Street in Duluth. Superior 40 and Duluth Eco-Rotary have also helped with Habitat projects the past few years. Club members presented the check on Feb. 6 and also have been volunteering at multiple work sites. Pictured are: (back, l-r) Jim Gruba (Harbortown and WLSHFH board member), David Clanaugh (Superior 40 and WLSHFH Executive Director); Todd Peyton (Skyline), Steve Yorde (Duluth 25); and (front, l-r) the Witherspoon Partner Family (Helina, Salaam and Josiah), Madeline Kvale (WLSHFH Community Engagement Associate), and Pat Finney (Harbortown). WLSHFH has two house projects in process and a third planned for later this year. Every hand helps -- visit our website at to learn more, donate, and volunteer."

Rotarians attend Bulldogs Denver game; thanks Tony Hansen for lining this up!
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If you haven't been to Hoops Brewing yet in Canal Park you need to get there!
For 25 years, owner and craft brewer, Dave Hoops dreamed of operating his own craft brewery.  Don't miss tomorrow's meeting as Dave takes us through his craft brew journey and what it took to realize his vision.

Dave Hoops was born in Duluth, attended UMD and throughout his life of travels ultimately ended up back here. You just can’t beat all that is Duluth: the beauty, lake, community and lifestyle.

Hoops started brewing in his kitchen in San Francisco in 1992. Living in the Bay Area at that time he witnessed the Craft Brewing revolution take hold. Talk about inspiring! With influences like Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada and countless more, Hoops immersed himself in the world of craft beer. He decided to pursue his passion for making good beer and attended Siebel Institute in Chicago and apprenticed at Goose Island also in Chicago.

After returning to San Francisco, Hoops worked at Pyramid’s hallmark brewery in Berkeley until deciding to head back to his roots in Duluth, family in tow. In 1999, he started working at Fitger’s Brewhouse (taking over from his brother Mike— now acclaimed head brewer of Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis) where he developed the unique style of North Shore Style Ales. He and his brewing crews have won many awards for their brews around the country. He’s also worked with and trained several of the area’s leading brewers. Hoops has judged countless festivals and has judged at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver for over 10 years. He is the only professional brewer from Minnesota to hold that honor. He’s a founding member of the Minnesota Brewers Guild, Master Brewer, Consultant, Beer Columnist and, of course, a lover of the age-old artisan craftsmanship of brewing beer.


Photo Credit: Jane Cane Photography (Wolfskull Creative)

Guests Cameron Kruger, President and CEO, and Paul Schultzenberg from the Duluth Children's Museum will be sharing updates, new exhibits, events and all the latest and greatest that is going on with Duluth's best and only children'
Duluth Children's Museum Mission:To engage children in hands on learning through creative play and interactive exhibits.
Vision: To be the place in Duluth where all children are free to imagine.


At their Core:

Learning: Moments of early education spark all children’s future well-being.
Engaging: We attract return visitors with new, creative activities.
Fun: All children deserve a time and place to play.
Community-based: Diversity enriches all children’s lives.

We are excited to announce that our district 5580 will be presenting the One Rotary Summit on February 9, 2019 in Duluth. 
This summit will emphasize how Membership, Public Image, and Humanitarian Service through the Rotary Foundation activities can build a strong club.  It's a unique and effective way to help club members understand and become truly engaged in the opportunities offered by Rotary.  Register at 
Country Inn and Suites
Feb 09, 2019 
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
There will be no morning meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Fireside social will start at 5:30 with meeting to follow. 
Boat Club Restaurant in the Fitger's Complex.
Charity Rupp, Director of STARBASE Minnesota will introduce our club to an exciting new program in Duluth that provides a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education curriculum to local 5th grade classes.
STARBASE Minnesota offers a unique hands-on, technology-rich, immersive environment where students are performing as scientists and engineering to solve real-world problems. STARBASE takes the math and science concepts required for 5th grade learning and turns them upside down as students navigate challenges in a STEM setting.  STARBASE partners with the 148th Fighter Wing, where the STARBASE classrooms are located.  Students also explore STEM careers that are found right here in our region and the experience culminates in a Launch Ceremony where students have the opportunity to meet and interact a real-world scientist or engineer.
Get ready for a a hands-on experience yourselves as a STARBASE instructor takes Harbortown Rotary through a technology activity and tests your coding abilities!
Bolivia 2018 update by Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary Duluth International Committee
In September, 2018, a team of six Rotarians from District 5580 and St. Paul District visited Rotary projects in the Real Cordillera Mountains and Amazon Rain Forest in Bolivia.  District 5580 representatives Karl Everett, Stacey Ackerman, and Alena Pringle had a very successful twelve day journey to Bolivia visiting numerous Rotary funded medical clinics, water projects, schools and road projects.  We thank Segundo Velasquez of Mano a Mano International and Dr. Jose Velasquez of Mano a Mano Bolivia for working with Rotary on current and future Bolivia Rotary projects, and for support on our Bolivia tour and tours of the Mano a Mano Headquarters and Agricultural Center.
The Will and The Way: A book about Duluth’s leaders who helped shape Duluth into what it is today
Author of the first volume of The Will and the Way Donn Larson  with former Duluth Mayor Don Ness (Ordean Foundation) join us on Wednesday and shares stories of innovative leadership projects that have taken place in Duluth over the last 25 years since the first volume of The Will and the Way was released. The second volume was released on November 14, 2018.  Please read the excerpt below from the Duluth Leaders website.
This collection of community success stories captures the passion and initiative of community leadership in Duluth as they help continue Duluth’s remarkable transformation. Written fourteen years after the original, Volume II features 42 volunteer authors giving their first-hand account of the stories behind the projects that have made Duluth a premier national example of community revitalization. It’s not magic, as you’ll see in these pages, it takes confidence, hard work, and leaders who have The Will and show the Way!


Harbortown Rotary Goes Footloose!

Kitchi Gammi Club

May 10, 2019

60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Music

DJ: Sounds Unlimited Entertainment, LLC

Two options:

Dinner and dance $40 per person (estimate)

Dance only $10 per person

Dinner in the Great Hall, Dance in the West Lounge

Club members should invite friends (particularly friends who might become prospective members).

In early 2019, Club Service will pull together a "Footloose Team" who will help sell tickets, help select dance songs for the evening and help with registration.  Questions or want to help? Contact Bradley Jenson at 

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
New Generations
International Service
Club Service
Public Relations
Website and Scuttlebutt
Dave Hoops
May 29, 2019
Hoops Brewing Company
Senior US Navy Official
Jul 17, 2019
Navy Week
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
Live updates from Council on Legislation 2019

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Putting power in hands of women

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Turning teens away from crime

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